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General Overview and Overseer Listing

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Ten members are appointed by the governor, at least two are alumni of the university and one of whom is elected thereto by the university alumni association.  Elected alumni members shall be elected every five years. Members are appointed to serve for five year terms, but no member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. Student members are elected by the student body and serve one year.

Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.

Contact the trustees.


  • Cherié Butts, vice chair
  • Teresa J. Chisholm
  • Magnolia Contreras
  • Mary DeSimone '76
  • Rob Lutts, chair
  • Yalile Maldonado '09, '20G
  • Paul Mattera
  • Samanda Morales
  • Ruthanne Russell '82

SSU Trustee Community Open Forum Topics: If you'd like to suggest a question or topic for an upcoming full Board of Trustees meeting, please do so here.

Board Meeting Calendar

Academic Year 2021 - 2022

Committee Meetings – begin at 3pm unless otherwise noted

Wed, Sept. 29, 2021

*3:30 pm, Wed, Oct 13, 2021 (audit committee only before BOT meeting)

Wed, Jan 26, 2022

Wed, March 30, 2022

Wed, May 25, 2022

Board Meetings – begin at 5pm unless otherwise noted

Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Wed, Nov 17, 2021 (cancelled)

Wed, Feb 9, 2022

Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Wed, June 8, 2022

Special Meetings

Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 - Off-Site Meeting

TBD – March, 2022 – Student Government Assoc (SGA)

Posting of Meeting Agendas

Except in cases of emergency, final agendas with anticipated discussion topics are posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings are currently held virtually. Login information will be provided within the posted agendas.


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